Life can be incredibly busy and overwhelming at times. One of the ways you can overcome the stress of every day life is through your home decor choices. Karleia Steiner is here today sharing six tips to help you make your home into a haven of serenity.
If you want your home to be a peaceful retreat from a frantic and busy world, there are changes you can make to your space that will create a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Here are six tips for turning your house or apartment into a serene haven away from the hustle and bustle of the world.
1. Choose paint and flooring in soothing, soft colors.
A jarring canary-yellow room with loud red accents can produce anxiety. Cool, relaxing colors like soft blues, greens and grays can make your space feel more tranquil and inviting. While a pop of color can be great, avoid busy patterns and the visual assault of near-neon hues.
2. Let natural light in.
Natural light is far more relaxing than the glare of an overhead light. French doors, frosted-glass windows and skylights are all excellent options.
3. Use textiles for visual interest and comfort.
A cuddly throw or a thick, luxurious area rug can add warmth to any space. Pillows, wall hangings and stuffed animals are another way to add softness and comfort.
4. Use candles or low-wattage LED lights for nighttime illumination.
Unless you are doing detailed work such as needlepoint or reading small print, there’s no need to have a bright light shining on you. It can create unnecessary stress and make it harder to fall asleep.
5. Get rid of clutter.
A house crammed with far too many objects can be a mental and emotional stress generator, as can searching endlessly for what you need among the piles. Pare down you possessions and you’ll notice that your home is much more relaxing and peaceful.
6. Invest in noise reduction or soothing ways to drown out unwanted noise.
If opening your window means letting in the noise of traffic and the drunken swearing of passersby, the gentle hum of an air conditioner or fan may be preferable. There are also small home fountains and white noise machines available to drown out the incessant bleating of other people and vehicles. Don’t be afraid to invest in some comfortable noise-cancelling headphones if you’d rather listen to music than the cacophony of rush hour.
Making your home into a den of tranquility can be easier than you may think. By keeping these tips in mind, your space can be transformed into a welcoming oasis where you can relax and take time to recharge.
Karleia Steiner is a freelance blogger and home décor enthusiast. You can follow Karleia on Google+.